Local Flower Shop News
'It's up in the air': Louisville-area florists hustle ahead of a pandemic Valentine's Day - Courier JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
But coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and events, as well as the general instability instilled by the pandemic, have led to sale fluctuations for many Derby City flower sellers — and potentially permanent changes to their business models.Susan's Florist, which has been in business since 1948, closed its storefront in April and did not open back up until Monday, ahead of Valentine's Day, instead opting to do curbside pickup and delivery only.The week leading up to Mother's Day, another flower-centric holiday, saw a major boom for the store, with about 30 orders per day, Smith said, adding that the week after the holiday saw roughly 15 to 20 orders per day. But then things began to taper off in the following months, with fewer and smaller events like weddings taking place — Smith said orders went down to roughly five per day.More: Here are 12+ romantic or fun events to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in LouisvilleBusiness is slightly back to normal — and Smith said she has established great relationships with longtime customers, as brief phone orders pre-pandemic have turned into 15 to 20-minute conversations about flowers and life. But she, like most small business employees, still feels the stress of the pandemic."It's a very kind of uneasy feeling being a florist at this moment because (people) don't have to order flowers, but they have to buy groceries," Smith said. "So that's why we try to keep an open communication."Sheryl Anderson has also experienced the ebbs and flows of owning a florist shop, both before and during the pandemic. Anderson is the president of DN Surprise Florist, a Black-owned business that opened in 2018 at 2001 W. Broadway.For Anderson, a tricky day-to-day calculation for the business is deciding how many flowers to order. Last year, Anderson said her store "lost a whole lot of flowers we bought" due to them dying before they could be purchased.As for Valentine's Day this year, Anderson said it's hard to know what to expect out of orders until Feb. 14 gets closer. "It's up in the air, really. Nobody knows how it's going to go," Anderson said. "Florists order flowers, but it's always scary."Nonetheless, Anderson said locally owned flower shops both play a role in boosting the economy and morale — the slogan ... https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/02/11/valentines-day-2021-louisville-area-florists-hustle-amid-pandemic/4435860001/
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Stephen Hein or his customers.
For more than 30 years, long-time clients have purchased their holiday wreathes, special arrangements for Easter and Derby, bouquets for Mother’s Day and fresh flowers “just because” from Stephen “Steve” Hein at his shop, E. Stephen Hein Florist. Hein’s personal touch has kept clients coming back for decades, many of them now considering him a friend.
“I always say that we do from birth to death and everything in between,” he said. “We send [arrangements] to the hospital for new babies being born daily, and unfortunately, I have buried a lot of my early clientele, who were not young at the time when I started. I miss a lot of them.” As for the in-between, Hein supplies flowers for plenty of weddings and special events along the way.
Hein first opened his shop in 1987, in the East Main Street apartment building Wellington Arms. He worked his floral magic for customers in the building’s basement until his six-year lease was up, at which time he moved down the street to a space next to Heritage Antiques’ Main Street location at the time. When that property was sold in 2008, he pulled up stakes and headed to Winchester Road ... https://smileypete.com/community/small-business-spotlight-e-stephen-hein/
Slaughterhouse Workers Can Now Get Free Job Training to Become Florists - VegNewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent a letter to Kim Cordova, president of labor union United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, urging her to encourage workers to become florists in light of the ongoing pandemic and offering for PETA to pay for the necessary job training to make the transition. “Working on the kill floor is a dangerous, dirty, dead-end job,” Newkirk said. “PETA is happy to help budding flower arrangers flee the meat industry for the sake of animals and their own mental health.” Last week, a number of meat companies closed slaughterhouses as an increasing number of workers became infected with COVID-19—a disease thought to have originated from a wet animal market, not dissimilar from a slaughterhouse, in Wuhan, China late last year. Smithfield shuttered its Sioux Falls, SD pig slaughterhouse after 230 workers tested positive, Cargill closed its meat-packaging plant near Hazleton, PA, after reporting 130 positive cases, and JBS temporarily shut down its beef slaughterhouse in Souderton, PA after 17 workers tested positive.Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do?Get the BEST vegan recipes, travel, celebrity interviews, product picks, and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine. Find out why VegNews is the world’s #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today!Subscribe... https://vegnews.com/2020/4/slaughterhouse-workers-can-now-get-free-job-training-to-become-florists
Bloomin’ good: Clinton florist business is awards finalist - 100 Mile House Free PressWednesday, March 31, 2021
I’m still trying to make heads or tails out of it. I’ve never been very good at honouring myself, but I’m very proud, and very thankful, to whoever nominated me.”Lawrence began working at a florist shop in Prince Rupert when she was 14, and continued until she went off to college for theatre school. At that point, she put flowers aside, but found they kept coming back to her: “I did my own wedding flowers, and flowers for friends.” Finally, at her mother’s encouragement, she decided to go for it, and Bubbles’ Blossom Design was born in time for Mother’s Day 2018.When Lawrence and her husband Jordan moved to Clinton in October 2016, she realized a florist shop was something the area needed.“At first I thought I’d research it for a couple of years, see how it goes, see how much interest there was, but then I decided just to jump in and do it. If an opportunity comes along you jump in with both feet.”READ MORE: Clinton hires new Chief Administrative OfficerShe says that the overhead was low: “I bought a used cooler and a couple of buckets, so it was an easy thing to do.” Until recently she worked out of her kitchen and dining-room, but last year an extension was added to the back of their house at the corner of Dewdney Avenue and Cariboo Highway for a small storefront.Lawrence nearly sold out of flowers that first Mother’s Day, and she says that the support from the community has been incredible. “It was a great initial reception, and I have the best customers. It was all by word of mouth and Facebook.”The business has since expanded beyond Clinton, with Lawrence delivering orders to Cache Creek and Ashcroft.“My end goal is to have ... https://www.100milefreepress.net/news/bloomin-good-clinton-florist-business-is-awards-finalist/
The Best Florist at the Jersey Shore is... - 943thepoint.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
It's time to welcome the first business into our Cupid Club celebrating those working hard to make Valentine's Day special in Monmouth and Ocean counties.Earlier this week, we had dozens of area florists drum up their base and help them earn a place in our exclusive club.The reaction was amazing! After thousands of votes on our free APP, congratulations to Whiting Flower Shoppe in Whiting!Here's a look at our top 5 finalists.Townsquare MediaI called Tracy Vincent of Whiting Flower Shoppe to deliver the good news!In an email, Tracy confirmed what we already knew. They love serving the community.We are a small mom and pop and love our community. We deliver smiles daily and we also teach flower design classes at libraries and local nursing homes in Ocean County. Any extra time or money we make goes back into helping rescue and saving animals! In these changing and difficult times, we love making and delivering flowers even more! We thank you so much.Take a look at some of the artistry of Tracy and her staff at Whitting Floral Shoppe.WHITING FLORAL SHOPPEWhiting Floral Shoppe is located in the Crestwood Shopping Center on Route 530 in Whiting. Tracy and her staff are busy ge... https://943thepoint.com/best-florist-at-the-jersey-shore-whiting-floral-shoppe/
A fresh brunch menu that combines spring flavours and flowers - The Globe and MailWednesday, March 31, 2021
Just ensure your flowers have been grown chemical-free (your florist should know – or pluck them from your own garden to be sure) and that you can positively identify the variety. Or seek out ingredients such as bottled rosewater or dried culinary lavender to help bring your brunch into bloom. St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur, is available in most liquor stores, and you can even buy bottles of elderflower syrup at IKEA. Garden Gravlax Serves 10-12 Curing your own salmon is surprisingly simple. A dry cure of sugar and salt, spiked with citrus, spices and perhaps some peppery nasturtiums, is rubbed heavily over a fresh fillet, which is then weighted down and left for 24 hours. Once cured and thinly sliced, the delicate white and purple flowers of blooming dill and chives are ideal for garnishing your gravlax. Nasturtiums are a little more unexpected: Both petals and leaves add a fresh, radish-like flavour that’s delicious tucked into your bagel and cream cheese. 1 tablespoon coriander seed, toasted 1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted A few nasturtium flowers or leaves 1/2 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 1/4 cup fine table salt) 1/2 cup sugar 2-3 teaspoons grated orange, lemon or lime zest One 1 pound (approximately) salmon fillet Edible flowers, for garnish Crush the coriander and fennel roughly in a mortar and pestle or pulse them in a spice grinder. If you like, crush in a few nasturtium leaves or petals, or try other edible flowers – perhaps a few calendula petals or tangerine marigolds. In a medium bowl, combine the salt, sugar, citrus zest, crushed spices and flowers. Place a piece of plastic wrap over a shallow baking dish or rimmed sheet large enough to accommodate the salmon. Scatter half the salt mixture over it and lay the fillet skin side down overtop. Sprinkle the rest of the cure mixture over the fish and spread it evenly to coat. Bring the edge of the plastic wrap up to cover the fish, place a small cutting board or second sheet on top and weigh it down with a can or two; refrigerate all day or overnight. After about 12 hours, unwrap the fish and flip it over, rerubbing the (now wet) cure over the surface; rewrap and return to the fridge for another 12 hours. Wipe or rinse off the salt mixture, pat the fish dry and slice it thinly to serve with crackers, flatbread or bagels, and cream cheese, labneh or whipped creamy (Macedonian-style) feta, with nasturtiums or other edible flowers for garnish. Malabi with Cardamom Rose Granola Julie Van Rosendaal/The Globe and Mail Makes about 6 puddings and 5 cups of granola Story continue... https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/article-a-fresh-brunch-menu-that-combines-spring-flavours-and-flowers/
4 local, women-owned flower and plant shops to check out right now - NEXTpittsburghWednesday, March 31, 2021
Flowers.The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, 502 E. Ohio St., North SideLauren Work Phillips grew up on a farm.The country girl eventually moved to New York City and got a job at Zuzu’s Petals, a Brooklyn florist where she was able to combine her love for flowers and people. Now she cultivates plants and relationships at her charming North Side store. Phillips, a sixth-generation farmer, opened the business in 2012. She offers retail walk-in options, botanically inspired gifts, houseplants and full-service flower arrangements for events big and small. Flowers (the most requested stems are peonies and dahlias) are sourced from all over the world, including her farm outside of the city. Check out the shop’s Instagram page for a daily dose of color therapy.And if you want to create your own magic, she encourages you to get your hands dirty.“Houseplants and our gardening items have taken a huge jump since the pandemic started,” Phillips says. “Our customers are creating beauty in an unsettling time.”City Grows. Photo by TH Carlisle.City Grows, 5208 Butler St., Lawrenceville and 1659 Smallman St., Strip DistrictPatty Ciotoli caught the gardening bug from her mom. In 2014, the budding entrepreneur quit her real estate job to follow her dream of opening an organic gardening and gift shop.City Grows sprouted in a tiny Lawrenceville storefront and now has additional digs at The Terminal in the Strip District (a fitting location given the site’s history as a produce depot).The new 1,885-squa... https://nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/4-local-women-owned-flower-and-plant-shops-to-check-out-right-now/